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Scotland Magazine Issue 42
December 2008


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The Borders – what to do, where to eat and stay


Bowhill House and
Country Park
19th century house in beautiful
Tel: +44 (0)1750 22 204

Harestanes Countryside
Visitor Centre
Lots of walks, regular events, big
play area
Tel: +44 (0)1835 830 306

Harmony Garden
A tranquil walled garden with
excellent views of Melrose Abbey
and the Eildon Hills
Tel: +44 (0)1721 722 502

Liddesdale Heritage Centre
Museum with a large collection of
historical artifacts
Tel: +44 (0)1387 375 816

Mary Queen of Scots
Visitor Centre
Pleasant house in scenic
environment telling the story of Mary
Queen of Scots
Tel: +44 (0)1835 863 331

Priorwood Garden
A specialist garden where plants are
grown specially for their suitability as
dried flowers. Courses are also
offered in this ancient art. A short
work from Harmony Garden, so
make sure you do both
Tel: +44 (0)1896 822 965

Three Hills Roman
Heritage Centre
The story of the Roman and Celt
settlers in the region
Tel: +44 (0)1896 822 151

Coldstream Museum
Includes a section on the
Coldstream Guards
Tel: +44 (0)1896 882 630

Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
Explores life as a guard and prisoner
in the jail
Tel: +44 (0)1835 863 254

Philiphaugh Salmon
Viewing Centre
Watch salmon live by underwater
camera on a large plasma screen
Tel: +44 (0)1750 217 66

Robert Smail’s Printing Works
A 120-year-old print shop which
features a restored water wheel. See
the compositor setting type and try
hand setting for yourself
Tel: +44 (0)844 493 2259

Tweed Valley Osprey Watch
Kailzie Gardens
Live images from an osprey nest
Tel: +44 (0)845 3673 787

Traquair House
The oldest inhabited house in
Scotland. Events are held throughout
the year and it even has its own
microbrewery. Also offers three
spacious double bedrooms on a bed
and breakfast basis.
Tel: +44 (0)1896 830 323

Visit Scottish Borders
Jedburgh Tourist Information Centre,
Murrays’ Green, Jedburgh TD8 6BE
Tel: +44 (0)1835 863 170
The Tweed Valley Tourist Consortia
Traquair House, Innerleithen,
Peeblesshire EH44 6PW
Tel: +44 (0)1896 830 323

Waggon Inn
Fresh food, pleasant service, great
value for money
Te: +44 (0)1573 224 568

Cobbles Inn
Nineteenth century coaching inn with
a mixed range of modern and
European and traditional inn cuisine
Tel: +44 (0)1573 223 548

Wheatsheaf Hotel
Swinton near Kelso
Fresh food, extensive wine cellar,
good whisky range
Tel: +44 (0)1890 860 257

The Caddy Man
Highly respected restaurant with
regularly changing menu
Tel: +44 (0) 1835 850787

The Nightjar
Intimate bistro with freshly cooked
menu and, once a month, a
Thai evening
Tel: +44 (0) 1835 862552

Auld Cross Keys
Good food and ales in a traditional
inn environment
Tel: +44 (0) 1450 870305

Marmions Brasserie
Relaxed atmosphere and creative
fresh food
Tel: +44 (0) 01896 822245

Black Bull Hotel
Duns, Berwickshire
Small family-run hotel with en-suite
bedrooms and friendly and cosy bar
and restaurant
Tel: +44 (0) 1361 883 379

Ednam House Hotel
Picturesque 18th century hotel with
32 en-suite bedrooms
Tel: +44 (0)1573 224 168

Templehall Hotel
Morebattle, Kelso
Family-run inn offering quality bed
and breakfast, with a lively bar,
spacious restaurant and beer garden
Tel: +44 (0)1573 440 249

Chirnside Inn
Cirnside, Duns
Newly refurbished restaurant
specialising in rustic food and value
for money bed and breakfast
Tel: +44 (0)1890 818 034

Swallow Gretna Hall Hotel
Gretna Green
Built in 1710 and an ideal location
for that romantic Gretna wedding
Tel: +44 (0)1461 337 635

Kingsknowes Scottish Hotel
Baronial mansion set in idyllic
location close to the River Tweed
and noted for its relaxed atmosphere
Tel: +44 (0)1896 758 375

Clovenfords County Hotel
Intimate family-run hotel two miles
from Galashiels. Three main
dining areas
Tel: +44 (0)1896 850 203

Lauderdale Hotel
Lauder, Berwickshire
Family-run hotel with relaxed bar
menu and stylish dining room
Tel: +44 (0)1578 722 231

George and Abbotsford Hotel
Thirty bedroom hotel including family
rooms with emphasis on comfort.
Bar meals and restaurant service
is available
Tel: +44 (0)1896 822 308

The Tontine Hotel
Family run hotel in the heart of
Peebles, known for its excellent
service and food. Offers 36
en-suite bedrooms
Tel: +44 (0)1721 720 892

Buccleuch Arms Hotel
St Boswells
Winner of Scottish Inn of the
Year 2008. Nineteen en-suite
rooms with an emphasis on a
warm welcome
Tel: +44 (0)1835 822 243